Johannesburg firefighters have left stations in the CBD, Soweto, Randburg and Johannesburg south empty for a second day in row.
The night shift will only clock in at 7 pm tonight, leaving them understaffed for three hours.
This week firefighters declared a stalemate with Emergency Management Services (EMS), saying they would knock off at 4 pm in protest over shifts and overtime payments.
As the bell rings for an emergency call, firefighters walk out the front door waving their fists above their heads.
Their representative Dan Motsoneng says he has received word of a similar story at more than fifteen stations across Johannesburg.
“The number of fire stations that have joined the protest action has increased.”
He says he feels sorry for the officers who are left to man emergency calls on their own but the firefighters have no choice.
“One can only hope and pray that they will come to their senses, they will arrange for a meeting, the aim of which will be to resolve the prevalent impasse.”
Firefighters say they have been victimised by management, saying those who refuse to work overtime have been told they will forfeit some of their pay. The firefighters say they will continue to leave stations empty for four hours every day until their grievances are taken seriously.
Motsoeneng says management is lying to the public and blatantly ignoring their grievances.
“It’s a gross misrepresentation of facts which is deliberate. It raises concerns as to whether we are playing games or not. We can’t be playing games.”
Motsoeneng says management are not making any effort to solve their issues amicably which has forced them to take action that could affect the public.
“Our intention is to find an amicable solution so that we can continue with what we have been employed for.”